Staff Attorney, Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC) Program

Class: 1.0 FTE; Salaried; Exempt
Hiring Range: $60,000 - $67,000

General Description:

The Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center elevates victims' voices, champions victims' rights, and transforms the systems impacting them. This Staff Attorney position provides support to the Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC) program at RMvlc. LINC facilitates comprehensive legal information services for crime victims in Colorado. The Staff Attorney is primarily responsible for providing legal technical assistance to victims of crime and service providers who have questions about civil or criminal legal issues related to victimization. Additionally, the Staff Attorney will provide some direct legal representation to crime victims for victimization-related civil legal issues. This position will also support the improvement legal services and access to justice for crime victims in Colorado through community collaboration.

RMvlc’s ideal candidate will share a passion for our mission, dedication to our Core Values, and have a commitment to supporting victims of crime. RMvlc team members are expected to recognize that violence and oppression are inextricably linked, and to be dedicated to grappling with the complexities of societal power and privilege in order to provide inclusive services.

Candidates must be able to recognize and address their personal biases, as well as communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, groups, and organizations. The ideal candidate for this position will have a legal background in general civil-legal poverty law, legal aid, and/or administrative law.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct legal representation to victims of crime for victimization-related legal issues, with a focus on general civil legal issues that are not addressed by other legal organizations.
  • Conduct intakes and needs assessments with individuals seeking services and screen clients for eligibility for services.
  • Provide education and support to victims related to their rights and legal questions and support non-attorney staff in doing the same.
  • Assist with Project Attorney Connect (PAC), as requested.
  • Maintain necessary case files and documentation for clients.
  • Provide technical assistance on legal issues to service providers as requested.
  • Assist with the coordination and facilitation of LINC Navigator meetings, as needed.
  • Recruit attorneys to provide contract legal services to crime victims in collaboration with the PAC Coordinator, as requested.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise legal interns to support the goals and objectives of RMvlc.
  • Participate in outreach and marketing efforts about LINC, RMvlc, and PAC to legal service organizations, legal providers, and attorneys.
  • Provide technical assistance to PAC attorneys on unbundled legal services, limited advice, and the relevant ethical and procedural rules.
  • Participate in grant reporting as requested.
  • Participate in the collection and reporting of data regarding service provision and the gaps and needs survivors have in accessing legal services.
  • Assist in the delivery of legal information and trainings, both in-person and technology assisted, regarding victimization-related legal issues.
  • Participate in case review meetings, staff meetings, and other meetings as requested.
  • Participate and attend various collaboration meetings as assigned.
  • Participate in statewide outreach and marketing efforts of RMvlc.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Statewide travel required.

Accountability:

The Staff Attorney reports to the Legal Director.

Qualifications:

  • Juris doctorate plus 5+ years of related experience and licensed to practice in the state of Colorado (years of experience may be substituted for related professional experience).
  • Demonstrated experience providing services directly to crime victims and survivors.
  • Bilingual Spanish-speaking, strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated legal background in general civil-legal poverty law, legal aid, and/or administrative law, strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic civil, Title IX, and criminal legal systems.
  • Strong conflict management skills.
  • Experience working with victims of violent crime and demonstrated understanding of the impact of trauma.
  • Demonstrated understanding of victim issues, victims’ rights within the state of
  • Colorado, and a passion for RMvlc’s mission.
  • Experience working in collaboration and partnership with other victim service providers and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience with, and commitment to, grappling with the complexities of societal power and privilege in order to understand how multiple forms of oppression (racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, etc.) intersect with RMvlc’s work.
  • Demonstrated commitment and understanding to multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice issues.
  • High degree of self-motivation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer literacy including MS Office products: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

RMvlc values diverse life experience and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, people with disabilities, and/or people who identify as LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

Benefits Include:

  • 100% employer paid health, vision, and dental insurance,
  • Matching contribution to 401K Retirement after 1-year of service,
  • Open vacation Policy,
  • remote work options, and a
  • monthly cell phone use reimbursement.

Application

Submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample via email to Executive Director, Emily Tofte Nestaval, at emily@rmvictimlaw.org with the subject line of “Staff Attorney”. Position will be open until filled. Applications received prior to September 24, 2021 will be given priority. No phone calls please.